Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
To me, George Saunders is one of our best, and most brilliant, “Catholic” writers (without calling himself, or for all I know, even being a Catholic).
One of the rare literary writers who has achieved mainstream success, his stories often chart a hero’s journey undertaken by a comically conflicted, clueless, culturally indoctrinated, downtrodden, middle-America protagonist, and often culminate in a life-or-death sacrifice.
He satirizes consumer culture, mass media, Orwellian doublespeak, and the Disneyfication of the sacred.
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